We are all familiar with the aching pains that we can get in our muscles after exercise and sometimes associated with viral illnesses. In addition to this, though, the muscles are a common source of chronic pain and muscular pain can form a part of a great many pain problems.
There is a spectrum of muscular pain, ranging from single trigger points in a condition called myofascial pain , which may happen on its own or triggered by other factors such as other pains, or injuries such as whiplash, to a much more widespread and fairly common pain condition called fibromyalgia .
Muscle pain is generally made worse by inactivity and excessive rest, and is helped by aerobic exercise. Other treatments that can sometimes be of assistance include local procedures to the muscles such as acupuncture or trigger point injections, the use of TENS , and also other treatments including painkilling drugs and tricyclic drugs.
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Page updated 15/02/2016